photo courtesy of Maryland Jockey Club
For the fourth consecutive year, Old Hilltop goes pink as Pimlico Race Course and Maryland’s Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate team up to raise funds and awareness for breast-cancer research on Black-Eyed Susan Day, May 17th.
This popular event has drawn tens of thousands of fans and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past three years. The People’s Pink Party features a full day of live racing, ceremonies, and music; the majority of funds generated will go to Maryland’s Komen affiliate, with the remainder going to lifesaving research.
In addition to the Battle of the Sexes Jockey Challenge and the 89th running of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, a highlight of the card will be the Lady Legends for the Cure Race. The 2010 Lady Legends was the first-ever pari-mutuel race showcasing retired champion female jockeys, including two breast-cancer survivors, Patti “PJ” Cooksey and hometown favorite Mary Wiley-Wagner.
Off-track, the People’s Pink Party will welcome breast-cancer survivors as guests to Pimlico, where they will be honored in a special winner’s circle tribute. The newly crowned Miss Preakness Pink Warrior will also be present for the festivities.
Other events include an autograph session, book signings, a fashion show, and concerts by the Goo Goo Dolls, Rodney Atkins, and Rachel Farley.